Therapeutic hypothermia (cryotherapy) to prevent and treat acute laminitis

Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 2010 Apr;26(1):125-33. doi: 10.1016/j.cveq.2010.01.002.

Abstract

Digital hypothermia successfully reduces the severity of experimentally induced laminitis. Continuous-distal limb cryotherapy may be a useful technique in clinical cases that are at risk of developing laminitis. This article examines the effects of hypothermia on tissue as well as the rationale, and suggested protocols for the usage of distal limb cryotherapy in the prevention and treatment of laminitis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Animals
  • Cryotherapy / methods
  • Cryotherapy / veterinary*
  • Foot Diseases / pathology
  • Foot Diseases / prevention & control
  • Foot Diseases / therapy
  • Foot Diseases / veterinary*
  • Hoof and Claw / blood supply*
  • Hoof and Claw / pathology
  • Horse Diseases / pathology
  • Horse Diseases / prevention & control
  • Horse Diseases / therapy*
  • Horses
  • Inflammation / pathology
  • Inflammation / prevention & control
  • Inflammation / therapy
  • Inflammation / veterinary*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vasoconstriction / physiology*